Stress can affect us in numerous ways. Stress triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response in which adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones surge to help heighten senses and improve reaction time – muscles tense, digestion slows, blood vessels constrict and heart rate rises. These physical changes were meant to occur in short spurts to help humans avoid imminent threats, such as predators. But today’s stressors – such as job loss, budgetary concerns or competing family demands – may last indefinitely. This persistent stress takes a tremendous toll on the body and the adaptive responses become maladaptive. Teaching you how to elicit the Relaxation Response through a variety of ways is one of our major focuses.